Play It to the Bone (1999)
After covering baseball in Bull Durham, basketball in White Men Can't Jump. and golf in Tin Cup, writer, director, and obvious sports fan Ron Shelton takes on the world of boxing in this comedy. Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar Sota (Antonio Banderas) are close friends and aspiring boxers struggling on the lowest rungs of the fight game. When a major boxing promoter needs to fill out the card for a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar both get the call to head out to Sin City. But the excitement sours when they realize that there's a small problem: the promoter's schedule has the two pals fighting each other. Play It to the Bone also features Lolita Davidovich, Lucy Liu, Tom Sizemore, and Robert Wagner. … More
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Critic Reviews for Play It to the Bone
This is still Ron Shelton in good -- not great, but good -- form here, and the rewards are plentiful.
Lacks the pizazz of Shelton's best stuff.
Play It to the Bone isn't going to be a contender.
By the end, the fight means everything to them and virtually nothing to us.
Instead of a sharp satire of a subject ripe for parody--professional boxing--we get a tedious, unfunny road movie.
The first truly excruciating moviegoing experience of the new century.
A raunchy, infrequently funny, contrived, gruesome and ultimately preposterous peek inside the world of professional boxing.
Play it to the Bone is a punch-drunk lightweight.
The film's slowly emerging weakness -- the thinness of the characters, particularly Harrelson's -- becomes apparent to the point of distraction.
Merely a double dose of the old "Rocky" formula, which even Stallone seems to realize has become hopelessly passe.
Audience Reviews for Play It to the Bone
Awful, unfunny comedy and not good drama that just make you lost time and an opportunity of watch a really great film. Rotten.More
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